A Coventry man has been jailed for 27 years for sex offences on young girls dating back at least a decade.
Christopher Hughes abused girls aged between 9 and 14 between 1998 and 2007.
The 34 year old, of Delius Street, has been convicted of 13 counts in all - and has been jailed at Warwick Crown Court today.
The court heard how the 34-year-old had progressed from sexual assault to rape as he systematically took advantage of each girl.
Police say Hughes targeted the girls from a very young age at a time when they would have been very frightened about what was happening and scared to tell anyone, believing that they were in some way to blame. Officers added that it has taken several years for the victims to feel supported enough to talk to police about what they have suffered and have applauded their courage in coming forward.
To report abuse call police on 101.
The National Association for People Abused in Childhood is a charity providing survivors of non-recent abuse with support and advice. Visit: http://www.napac.org.uk/or call 0808 801 0331.